|Ex-Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen tweets congratulations to successor Mike Redmond||11.02.12 at 11:35 am ET|
One week after firing Ozzie Guillen, the Marlins named former major league catcher Mike Redmond as their new manager Thursday.
Redmond, who managed Class-A teams in the Blue Jays’ system, signed a three-year contract and becomes the Marlins’ fifth manager since 2010.
Interestingly, 13 of the 28 current major league managers (two spots are still open) have catching experience in the majors or minors. Former Sox catcher Jason Varitek’s name was floated as a possible coaching choice in Boston.
Redmond was .287 hitter in 13 seasons, including seven years for the Marlins, and was a part of World Series team in 2003.
Former manager Guillen tweeted his well-wishes for Redmond
congrats mike redmond for u new job good luck buddy u have great guys going to play for you
Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison tweeted that he spoke with his new skipper by phone.
Just talked to our new manager on the phone. Sounds like a great guy.
The Marlins scheduled a press conference Friday to formally introduce Redmond.
|Marlins tweet their support for fired manager Ozzie Guillen||10.24.12 at 2:50 pm ET|
A few Marlins are taking to Twitter to voice their disapproval of Tuesday’s dismissal of manager Ozzie Guillen.
Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco was perhaps most upset, firing off this tweet:
U gotta be [expletive] [expletive] me
Nolasco removed the explicit tweet shortly after posting it. Nolasco, in photos posted on Twitter, appears to have spent the weekend in Spain with Guillen, Guillen’s wife, and Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Outfielder Justin Ruggiano tweeted his best wishes to Guillen.
Very glad I had the opportunity to play for @OzzieGuillen, he was the ultimate players manager and I wish him the best
Ruggiano expressed his sympathy for Guillen after the Marlins underperformed and had 93 losses on the season.
“I think we just underachieved for him,” Ruggiano said in an interview. “You hate to see someone get the boot for a team that underachieved because he’s not the one out there.
Guillen also took to Twitter to thank his players, fans, and family.
In life there are worst things and I have experinced them I have lived through bad moments and I will get through this with support
No replacement has been named by the Marlins.
|Report: Marlins looking to replace Ozzie Guillen||10.05.12 at 10:00 am ET|
Ozzie Guillen may be out of a job in Miami. ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that the Marlins are actively looking for a replacement.
Guillen just finished his first season with the Marlins at 69-93, the exact same record that got Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine fired on Thursday.
Guillen, known for his outspoken manner, told reporters he fully expects to be the Marlins manager when the 2013 season begins.
“I will be the manager here. I expect to be the manager here. I want to be the manager here,” Guillen said. “Am I going to be? I don’t make that decision.”
The Palm Beach Post credits sources inside the Marlins organization that indicate Guillen’s chances of returning as manager are not good.
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks veterans have issues with Jeremy Lin’s contract||07.16.12 at 8:03 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Angels at Tigers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: Exhibition, U.S. vs. Brazil, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ With reports leaking out from New York that the Knicks might change course and let Jeremy Lin go to the Rockets, Carmelo Anthony called Lin’s renegotiated offer from Houston — which includes a $14.9 million salary in the third year of the three-year deal — “ridiculous.”
The way the contract is structured makes it difficult for New York to match, and the Knicks appear prepared to instead go with a point guard rotation of Raymond Felton (reportedly headed East in a sign-and-trade with the Trail Blazers) and Jason Kidd (who was arrested Sunday morning for DWI only days after signing a free agent deal).
Knicks coach Mike Woodson insisted last week that the team would match the Rockets’ offer to Lin, but that was before Houston altered it to ensure that the Knicks would have to go well over the salary cap to keep the former Harvard star.
“I can’t talk about it,” Woodson said Sunday.
Knicks guard J.R. Smith made it clear that the team’s veterans would have some issues with Lin receiving All-Star money after having yet to prove himself over a full season.
“Without a doubt,” Smith told SI.com. “I think some guys take it personal, because they’ve been doing it longer and haven’t received any reward for it yet. I think it’s a tough subject to touch on for a lot of guys.”
♦ Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is at it again, and this time he’s chosen a high-profile subject for his latest controversy: Nationals rookie Bryce Harper. During Sunday’s game, Guillen complained to the umpire that Harper used too much pine tar on his bat. When Harper used new lumber in his second at-bat, Guillen started riding Harper from the dugout because he claims Harper did something “unprofessional” toward the manager, although he wouldn’t say what the offense was.
“Something happened there the inning before and I didn’t like it and I was talking to the umpire about it,” explained Guillen, who said that during his razzing of Harper, “I was just telling [Harper] how he cut he was.”
Responded Nationals manager Davey Johnson: “Ozzie had complained that the pine tar was too high up on Harper’s bat. So we changed it. Then he was still chirping about. It got on the umpire’s nerves. It got on my nerves. He was trying to intimidate my player, I guess. That’s not going to bother our player. He does what he has to do.”
Harper, who has done a good job of staying out of trouble after some incidents in the minors, took the high road.
“He battles for his team, and that’s the type of manager Ozzie is,” Harper said. “He’s a great manager to play for. He’s going to battle for you, no matter what. That’s a manager you want to play for.”
♦ It was a strange stage in the Tour de France on Sunday, as at least 30 riders got punctures in their tires when they rode over tacks and small nails someone tossed on the course. Overall leader Bradley Wiggins was ahead of the incident, but he encouraged the lead pack to slow down and let defending champion Cadel Evans catch up after Evans lost time getting a replacement wheel.
Two days earlier, Wiggins was hit on the arm by a flare waved by a spectator and received minor burns.
“We’re out there, quite vulnerable at times, very close to the public on climbs,” Wiggins said. “We’re just the riders at the end of the day and we’re there to be shot at, literally.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 16, 1958, which Red Sox starter improved to 9-0 with a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Athletics, making his 12th consecutive victory dating back to the previous season?
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ozzie Guillen returns to Marlins, on self-probation||04.18.12 at 7:38 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WRKO)
NBA: Lakers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Canucks at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN2; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen returned Tuesday from a five-game team suspension for his comments praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and he remained apologetic.
“I put myself on probation … me, nobody else,” Guillen said. “It’s probation about growing up and being better, and be careful to not trust too many people. That was my problem.”
There were no demonstrations against Guillen prior to the Marlins’ 5-2 victory over the Cubs, which drew a season-low 24,544 to Marlins Park in Miami.
There was one noticeable heckler during the game, but Guillen said he heard only supportive comments.
“Everything was pretty nice,” he said. “It made my day a little easier. I appreciate the way people were, not just with me but with the team.”
♦ Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was incensed during Tuesday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Coyotes when Phoenix forward Raffi Torres left his feet and drilled Marian Hossa in the head but was not penalized. Hossa was taken off on a stretcher and checked out at an area hospital before being released.
“I can’t believe four [officials] missed it,” Quenneville said during an in-game interview. “Makes me sick.”
Torres, the former Canuck who said he was “just trying to finish my hit out there,” undoubtedly will become the latest player to receive a multiple-game suspension after the league reviews the play.
♦ Mavericks guard Delonte West is back in the news, and once again it’s not for something good. During Monday night’s triple-overtime loss to the Jazz, West stuck his finger in the ear of Utah forward Gordon Hayward and gave him a push, leading to a technical foul after a video review.
“We are two warriors, out here battling,” West said. “I forgot the NBA is a gentleman’s game.”
Hayward walked away from the incident but said Tuesday that he was angry enough to respond.
“I wanted to fight right there, but you can’t do that,” he said. “It wouldn’t have been the smart idea. I’d risk getting a technical foul, getting suspended for the season, whatever. There’s more important things than fighting someone out on the court. The more important thing was getting the win, and we were able to do that.”
♦ Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie‘s wife on Tuesday posted an ultrasound picture of twins, which she tweeted are due in November. The 28-year-old cornerback already has 10 children with eight women, and he became famous for apparently struggling to remember all their names during the team’s appearance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” in 2010.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 18, 1997, the Bruins fired which coach one week after the season ended without the Bruins making the playoffs for the first time since 1967?
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Marlins’ Ozzie Guillen heads back to Miami to apologize||04.10.12 at 11:33 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Heat, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WRKO)
NBA: Knicks at Bulls, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Draft lottery, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Pirates at Dodgers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Royals at Athletics, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ With residents and some local officials in Miami calling for the Marlins to fire Ozzie Guillen, the manager announced plans to return to South Florida on Tuesday to apologize in person for comments he made praising Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Guillen, whose team is playing a series in Philadelphia but has no game Tuesday, apologized over the weekend after the Time magazine story filtered out. He said he has not been able to sleep and needs to let people in Miami see how contrite he is.
“I’m going to make everything clear what’s going on,” he said Monday. “People can see me and talk. I’ve already talked to people. But I think it’s the proper thing to see my eyes. They can see me and ask whatever question they want. I think sooner is better. Better for the ballclub, better for me.”
Added Guillen: “I know I hurt a lot of people. I want to get the thing over with.”
♦ Also in Miami, members of the Florida International basketball team walked out of Monday night’s season-ending banquet to protest the firing of Isiah Thomas and his staff. Thomas was 26-65 in three seasons at FIU before being fired Friday with two years remaining on his contract.
“We didn’t want to disrespect the program at all or anything,” freshman guard Tyler Wozniak told Yahoo! Sports. “We just wanted to show our support for Isiah Thomas. He was a great coach, a mentor and a father figure to us. He didn’t have a winning record, but you can’t build a program in three years.”
♦ In the Sporting News, Matt Hayes has an article that paints a negative picture of Urban Meyer‘s tenure at Florida. The now-Ohio State coach is accused of pandering to elite players — including current Patriots Brandon Spikes and Aaron Hernandez — and creating a contentious environment by allowing the stars to get away with too much. Said former safety Bryan Thomas: “The program was out of control.”
Responded Meyer: “I am very proud of our guys that played at Florida. Are there issues? Yes there are with 18-22-year-olds. I have been criticized that I have been too lenient on players; that doesn’t concern me. We are going to go out of our way to mentor, educate and discipline guys the way we see fit to make sure they’re headed in the right direction. Are we perfect? I never said that. We do the best we can and I think our record has been really positive in the impact we’ve made on those people.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 10, 1998, the Red Sox rallied from a 7-2 ninth-inning deficit against the Mariners, winning 9-7 on a walk-off grand slam by which Sox player?
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Dwyane Wade apologizes to Kobe Bryant for foul||02.29.12 at 8:07 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Bucks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Bulls at Spurs, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Boston College, 7 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)
College basketball: Maryland at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Marquette at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: St. John’s at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Miami at NC State, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Iowa at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Penguins at Stars, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Heat guard Dwyane Wade acknowledged that he apologized for breaking Kobe Bryant‘s nose with a hard foul in Sunday’s All-Star Game, but he did it in the fashion that has become typical of the Heat — burying it in comments that imply everyone is biased against the Heat’s superstars.
“He knows it’s no ill intent on me to do that,” Wade said at Tuesday’s practice. “Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome.”
Wade also has been criticized for ignoring Bryant after hitting him, walking over to complain about a previous call to the referee.
“I don’t know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and [apologize]. I don’t have to do that,” Wade said. “Like I said, everyone has an opinion, everyone uses their opinion. Like I said, I sent my apologies to Kobe, and I move on from it.”
Although he was diagnosed with a nasal fracture and a concussion, Bryant is expected to play when the Lakers host the Heat Sunday.
♦ New Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said he doesn’t have many rules, but one big one is that every player is expected to be lined up in front of the dugout for the national anthem.
“The national anthem is 10 minutes before the game starts,” he said. “We’re going to start in 10 minutes and you’re late? National anthem, they’re going to be there. … That’s the only [rule] I have. You’re not going to go by that easy one? We’re going to have problems.”
Guillen explained that part of the reason is because he wants the entire team focused on getting ready for the game, even those who aren’t starting. And respect for the country is another.
“A lot of people have been killed trying to make this country free for us,” he said. “You should be there for at least two minutes. Respect that, especially if you come from another country. You should be there an hour before. I think it looks good for baseball if you’re in the stands and you look at the team respecting the flag and the national anthem. … Kids can see that, the respect.”
♦ According to a new book by Tiger Woods‘ former coach, Hank Haney, the golfer considered leaving the sport to become a Navy SEAL and took it so far as to do training on naval bases around the country.
Woods’ father, Earl Woods, was a special forces soldier in Vietnam, and Haney claims Tiger was obsessed with joining the Navy’s elite fighting unit.
Writes Haney: To my knowledge, he did training in parachuting, self-defense, urban-warfare simulations and shooting. I never heard of Tiger doing any training in the water with the SEALs, but he was already a pretty accomplished diver.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 29, 1976, which Bruins goalie recorded his 17th consecutive victory — an NHL record that still stands — with a 5-3 decision over the visiting Canucks?
|Reports: Marlins make offer to Yoenis Cespedes||02.11.12 at 4:47 pm ET|
According to multiple reports, the Marlins have made the first known offer to Cuban free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Cafe Fuerte reported that Cespedes was offered a six-year, $40 million deal; Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald subsequently tweeted that the offer was for less than $40 million.
Cespedes, who defected from Cuba and recently established his residency in the Dominican Republic, with subsequent clearance by Major League Baseball to be a free agent, reportedly toured Marlins Park on Wednesday. The Marlins organization hopes that the next time he returns to the stadium, he’ll be wearing a baseball helmet with the team’s new logo.
For his part, Cespedes expressed a desire to play for the Marlins.
“I’ve seen the players the Marlins have signed lately, and I think this club can compete for the World Series,” Cespedes told the Miami Herald in Spanish.
The outfielder returned to his current home in the Dominican Republic after his tour of the park Wednesday. No decisions have been finalized, as the Marlins are not the only team interested in signing the intriguing free agent, who has been described as a player with enormous raw power, a strong arm and the ability to play all three outfield positions.
Jim Bowden of ESPN recently reported (via twitter) that the Cubs, White Sox, Orioles and Tigers have also shown interest in Cespedes.
Despite the hype over Cespedes, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is nervous about a $60 million contract that has been talked about regarding the player.
“We went to the Dominican Republic, myself and 10 guys,” Guillen said. ” We went to see this kid. He’s pretty impressive. They compare this kid with a lot of people. They compare this kid with Bo Jackson. Well Bo Jackson wasn’t a baseball player. This kid is a baseball player. They compare him with [Raul] Mondesi. I think Mondesi was better than him. That’s my own opinion. Mondesi has a better arm, faster, but this kid is pretty good,” Guillen told reporters.
|Ozzie Guillen to join ESPN during World Series||10.18.11 at 12:43 pm ET|
Newly-minted Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is set to bring his fiery personality to the television screen, as Guillen will join ESPN as a baseball analyst for Baseball Tonight during the World Series.
“i’m back and with espn for the world series,” Guillen tweeted on Monday.
Guillen, who was an analyst for Fox during last year’s World Series, was traded from the White Sox to the Marlins just before the end of the regular season. He will appear on ESPN’s pre-game and post-game shows alongside analysts John Kruk and Barry Larkin and host Karl Ravech.
|White Sox GM Ken Williams says he offered to resign before Ozzie Guillen left||09.28.11 at 10:32 am ET|
White Sox general manager Ken Williams revealed on Tuesday that he offered to step down from his current position, the news coming just a day after former manager Ozzie Guillen departed for the Marlins.
Williams said that he proposed the resignation to White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf after several of his moves as GM have not worked out recently, most notably bringing in Adam Dunn in the offseason, who is hitting just .159 with 11 home runs this season. The White Sox will miss the playoffs for the third straight year.
With the team’s struggles, Williams said that “you have to be accountable” for what hasn’t worked out. But Williams said that Reinsdorf did not like the idea of his GM stepping down. He would not reveal when the conversation between himself and Reinsdorf was held.
Williams also said that he has started his search for a replacement for Guillen and has several candidates already lined up. He also mentioned that there could be a manager in the postseason he wishes to interview, so the process could take a while.
Guillen, meanwhile, is expected to be announced as the Marlins’ new manager in a news conference on Wednesday afternoon before Florida’s final game of the year. The Marlins have yet to confirm whether Guillen is their new manager or not, but the former White Sox manager leaked the news on his website on Monday before tweeting on Tuesday that he was in Miami and “ready to go.”
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